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When I decided to read this book, I figured that it would appeal mostly to individuals with introverted personality traits. However, I came to realize that the information presented was helpful to both sides of the introvert/extrovert spectrum. The book included descriptions of many studies on personality and individual/group dynamics and I thoroughly enjoyed these aspects.
The author presents the case that introverts are an important part of society and should not be asked to conform to the more gregarious ideals of the Western world. It came across almost as a defense for introverted behavior. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, whether they are introverted or extroverted.
This is a very important book for introverts seeking to understand themselves and defend themselves in a society dominated by extroverts. (I'm afraid it is too much to expect extroverts to read this book as they are always sure they are right and that everyone including introverts needs to take part in all the fun social and collaborative projects they dream up.) Especially important are the sections on workplace practices designed by extroverts that border on being abusive to introverts.
I hope the 25% of the population that are introverts will be moved by this book to stand up for themselves in social, family and workplaces situations where extroverts rule.
This book will make any introvert feel a little more normal and accepting of themselves. The studies are thoroughly explained and relevant. However, even though this book is about embracing your introvert individuality, the author seems to be fond of collectivist politicians, so figuring out what angle the author is coming from overall is a bit contradictory. Nearly every example is a college professor or a liberal politician. There was also a mini rant about global warming. It would be a nearly perfect book, but some credibility was lost because of the unnecessary political references.
...if you are an introvert. The feeling that someone has written about you and the experiences you have, makes this book something to cherish, and validates your being just who you are, how you are.
It was refreshing to find so much relevant and well thought out information about introverts and introversion organized in one place. The progression of the book seems perfect to me.
I have always known I am introverted and some of what comes with that, but I have believed that it was necessary for me to overcome my introversion, as though it were a handicap. That always left a strong tension in between who I believed I was and who I thought I was supposed to be. Even while listening to this book, I began changing my perception of myself and altering my habits, and the difference has been notable.
I recommend this book, not just to people who are shy or have social difficulties, but even to people who, like me, find that being bold and assertive, social and outgoing, takes a heavy toll. There are ways to be powerful and effective without forcing yourself to be what others expect of you.
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First time author. For any of us that have felt that we might be introverts and that was a bad thing, this book is for you. It makes us understand that being an introvert isn't necessarily bad, maybe even a good thing. I scored higher on the introvert scale than I thought I might before taking it. The book helps put the introvert/extrovert issue into perspective.
It's hard to state how bad this is. The book embraces the grossest stereotypes of the extrovert/introvert divide, hammering home the underlying theme that introverts are smart, sensitive and quiet, and extroverts are loud, stupid and boorish. The science presented is, let’s say, suspect, as all science apparently backs up the premise 100% with no possibility of doubt. The single interesting scientific claim is that introversion/extroversion is largely determined at birth, with introverts being more sensitive to stimuli (and so seeking generally to reduce it) and extroverts being less sensitive to stimuli (and so seeking general to increase it).
The book also contains numerous anecdotes of introverts succeeding and extroverts failing (you can tell the winners are introverts because they do smart things in the anecdotes) that add nothing to the discussion. Don't worry too much though, extroverts (although the book suggests worrying may be beyond your mental capacity), your Cro-Magnon existence may be somewhat mollified by learning the traits of introverts and attempting to duplicate them to the extent your clumsy brains will allow.
If the reader has been steeped in the god-awful rah-rah-rah salesman go-get-em literature genre, this book I suppose might provide an antidote by being equally bad in the opposite direction. But that would be its only, very limited value.
Not really. There were some interesting snippets in the book about how introversion is identifiable in infants, how introverts like to interact, etc... but there was also a huge amount of "false science" that was disappointing for a book that takes itself so seriously. I guess what do you expect when the author is not an academic but a lawyer.
For example, there were sweeping statements that were not validated by data - e.g. Her claim that the culture of open offices and cubicles is unpopular among employees and unfriendly to introverts. This is based on polls of a handful of employees at 3 companies that had a cubicle layout... and they were all high-tech companies which statistically are more likely to attract introverts.
Another example of false science: Her claim that results produced by a team are inferior to results produced by individuals working by themselves. She cites one study that asked people to come up with a list of creative ideas, and the individuals had more ideas than the team. Uhm, ok. There was nothing about the quality of the ideas, the applicability of this stupid study to the real world, the numerous other academic studies that show the benefits of teamwork... This passes for science?
I could summarize the "useful" elements of this book in about ten pages, and the rest is a bunch of these types of sweeping generalizations not supported by data and not thoroughly argued.
This might work for you in court while pushing an agenda, but you owe your readers an objective stance and a careful weighing of arguments when you write a book like this. Or at least, have a real academic proof read it before it hits the presses.
See above - the repeated use of false science and sweeping statements not backed by data, evidence or logic - truly appalling.
No - the narration was really really boring and sad. Her voice was almost whisper-soft and hesitant... it felt like she was about to burst into tears at any point, and needed an arm around her shoulder to comfort her... it just made me sad to listen to it.
On the bright side, she'd be fantastic for eulogies.
I loved Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. The title alone drew me in. But even after the initial grab this is a very well thought out and articulated work of non-fiction. Susan Cain weaves an incredible web explaining how society got to this point. What introverts and extroverts should do about it and everything in between.
I thought around 75% of the way through the book lost its way for me personally with a lot of talk on child development, but outside of that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend it to both introverts and extroverts.